Matt speaks with Fredrik Andersson from Amon Amarth/This Ending about the This Ending CD 'Inside the Machine' and more.
Matt Hensch for Thrashpit: Hi Fredrik, how are you?
FA: Good, how about you?
Thrashpit: I'm great, thanks! Let's get down to business! How was it meeting up with your former band mates after all that time A Canorous Quintet was split up?
FA: We kept contact through the years after we split, so it wasn't like we haven't seen each other in years. We were talking about a reunion for a long time; three years, I think. We finally decided to meet up again and it was nice to play together. We had a lot of good ideas and riffs that we came up with and we had more planned too. We wrote two or three songs at first and it was just really nice to play together again.
Thrashpit: Did you like the outcome of Inside The Machine.
FA: Definitely! We really had no expectations and we were going into a new studio in which we hadn't recorded anything. We really didn't know what to expect. I felt all the songs were good and done very well. I was really happy with the outcome and all the hard work we put into it. I remember we sat down and listened to the final product and I was blown away!
Thrashpit: What was the cause of A Canrous Quintet's disbanding?
FA: The main reason we originally split was the record label we were on. It was one of those really crappy ones. We were quite young at the time and we really had no idea what we were getting into. The band and I really felt like we had to get on the road and tour, but we couldn't. We just felt like the label wasn't giving us any effort and our work didn't come back to us.
Thrashpit: Why did the band decide to change your name from A Canorous Quintet to This Ending?
FA: We didn't want that feeling of being an old band; we wanted to start something new, and that's why we changed our name. All of us just felt like we needed to be named something else and that's just the way we felt.
Thrashpit: What is the most memorable moment you've had with the guys of A Canorous Quintet/This Ending?
FA: I have some great memorable moments playing live in 1993. But our reunion has only been for a year and it's hard to pick a moment.
Thrashpit: To my knowledge, there aren't any This Ending tour dates. Will This Ending tour in support of Inside The Machine?
FA: I really hope so. We haven't played live yet and I think it would be a great experience for people to hear these songs. This album has a lot to offer and I would love to play live, but we'll see what will come.
Thrashpit: Who are some of your favorite new bands in today's metal scene?
FA: New bands? Well, one is Gojira. We did some live shows with them and I really enjoyed their music. I've always been a big fan of Morbid Angel and I like what they've been doing over the years.
Thrashpit: Is Amon Amarth your main project?
FA: Yea. They are number one for me and the guys of This Ending know that. I have to pass on the definition of "main project" because This Ending is still one of my bands and it needs the same amount of commitment, almost like an engagement.
Thrashpit: Can we expect more material from This Ending in the future?
FA: Definitely. We've already written some new songs and they are sounding awesome.
Thrashpit: This concludes our interview; thanks for your time, Fredrik!